Overview

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award honours students who have contributed to their communities through outstanding citizenship, leadership, public service and voluntary endeavour.

Each year, eight young Albertans receive a medal and a $5,000 scholarship.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Performing Arts honours a student who demonstrates talent and potential along with clear educational or training goals in the performing arts. Each year, one young Albertan receives a medal and a $5,000 scholarship.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Visual Arts honours a student who demonstrates talent and potential along with clear educational or training goals in the visual arts. Each year, one young Albertan receives a medal and a $5,000 scholarship.

Eligibility

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award

Alberta high school students who received the Premier's Citizenship Award are automatically nominated for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award.

Every Alberta high school may nominate one student each year to receive the Premier's Award.

Visit Premier's Citizenship Award for nomination information. Deadline to apply is June 1, of every year.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Performing and Visual Arts

Alberta high school students interested in either of these awards apply directly through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Deadline to apply is March 1.

Award recipients

2018-19 Citizenship Award Recipients

  • Kassidy Gerhardi from Cochrane
  • Garrett Gerrard from Parkland County
  • Sydney Hucal from Red Deer County
  • Arzina Jaffer from Okotoks
  • Fajar Khan from Fort McMurray
  • Andrew Li from Edmonton
  • Hope Roberts from Turner Valley
  • Tim Zekai Wu from Calgary

2018-19 Arts Awards Recipients

  • Gabrielle Couillard-Després from Edmonton (Performing Arts)

Recipient biographies

Recipient biographies are listed below alphabetically by last name.

Kassidy Gerhardi (Bow Valley High School, Cochrane) - Kassidy is a talented and confident leader, who works dauntlessly to make her school and her community a better place. She contributed many hours to organizing and chairing numerous events including the Cochrane Classic Charity Hockey game benefiting the local food bank, and the Cochrane Challengers Bowling League for individuals with developmental challenges. Her selfless commitment to the Time for Hope charity evening raised funds for a number of local community groups. Kassidy is a dedicated member of the Rocky View Leadership Academy and Students for Change. She is respected for her leadership as Head of the Cochrane Youth Council and a key member of the Cochrane Immigrants Services Committee. Kassidy’s exceptional leadership skills and dedication to community were recognized with the Cochrane Youth of the Year, Banff-Airdrie Canada 150, and Cochrane Leader of Tomorrow awards in 2017.

Kassidy has completed her first year at Mount Royal University, where she is working toward a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, with a major in Marketing with a minor in Social Innovation. She hopes to be involved in the world of shared value businesses and firmly believes that responsible businesses have an incredible opportunity to effectively address many of the pressing issues facing society today.

Garrett Gerrard (Bellerose Composite High School, St. Albert) - Garrett is a motivated student leader, athlete, and community‑minded volunteer. As president of the student council, he was an integral force behind many events at Bellerose Composite High and provided his peers with rich and meaningful extra-curricular programming. Garrett has served as a student chair for the Bellerose Bike-a-thon Cancer Research Fundraiser, personally raising almost $13,000 to the school’s overall $2.4 million dollars in fundraising efforts. A passionate advocate for environmental causes, Garrett led a number of projects under the Bellerose Sustainability Initiative such as the Energy Literacy Awareness Campaign, which focused on energy education and consumption reduction efforts. Garrett consistently seeks opportunities to enhance the lives of those around him as a volunteer in numerous community endeavours, including visits to the Ronald McDonald House and volunteering for the Edmonton Food Bank.

Garrett is currently studying mechanical engineering at McGill University and intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Business Administration/Finance. His goal is to become an entrepreneur in the renewable energy sector.

Sydney Hucal (Notre Dame High School, Red Deer) - Sydney has been passionately engaged in many aspects of her school and community. As president of the school council, Sydney led her team in the delivery of numerous school events enhancing the school spirit and building an inclusive environment for all students. Sydney began a kindness campaign called Kind and Kinder based on her belief that the best way to create change was with one small act of kindness at a time. Realizing that little things could make a positive impact on others, she made thank you gifts to students who have made a difference at Notre Dame High School. A key member of the school’s graduation committee, Sydney helped organize the school’s annual service project, raising more than $43,000 for the Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre. Sydney also volunteered as a coach for the Red Deer Special Olympics Swim Team, and was a key member of the Go Girls Youth Empowerment event.

Sydney has just completed her first year in a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Victoria. She hopes to own and run her own small business in the future and apply the skills that her community involvement and education have taught her.

Arzina Jaffer (Strathcona Tweedsmuir School, Okotoks) - Arzina is an exceptional young leader dedicated to science and service, and motivated to improve the quality of life for all. She has devoted four years as a visiting volunteer at the Black Diamond Hospital, making meaningful connections with the patients and sharing her optimism to brighten their days. Arzina also dedicated her time and efforts to promoting a safe and caring environment during her time at Strathcona Tweedsmuir School. Arzina’s commitment to humanitarian endeavours is exemplified through her involvement with the 2050 Project, Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Program, and the Sanofi Biogenius Canada competition, where she was challenged to carry out groundbreaking research projects in the field of biotechnology. Sharing her passion for science and technology, Arzina coached six-year-old girls as they competed in the Lego League Jr. Robotic Challenge. She worked with them to use Lego and robotics to formulate and present a solution to the global water shortage.

Arzina is working on a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree in Biomedical Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary and hopes to enrol in an MD or combined MD/PhD program. She is currently completing an Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship at Dr. Jeff Biernaskie’s Lab at the U of C, which focuses on tissue morphogenesis and regeneration.

Fajar Khan (Westwood Community High School, Fort McMurray) - Fajar models the way for positive youth engagement, and is a champion for social justice and equality. She has served as Chair for the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Youth and worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association on an initiative to destigmatize and increase awareness around mental health issues in the community. She also provided insight and perspective regarding the inclusion of the LGBTQ2S+ community on the Minister of Education’s Youth Council. Fajar is the founder of the Northern Lights Youth Sisters Foundation that encourages Muslim girls and women to participate in the community, network and have access to mentorship opportunities. She was involved in raising funds to support vulnerable children and youth through UNICEF. Fajar also volunteered for various other community causes including the World Hijab Day Fort McMurray, United Way, 3 Things for Wood Buffalo and Students against Drunk Driving.

Fajar began her post-secondary studies at Keyano College and has been accepted to the University of Alberta to complete her Bachelor of Science degree. Her future plans include attending medical school and volunteering with organizations that focus on women’s empowerment, leadership, and giving youth a voice.

Andrew Li (Old Scona Academic, Edmonton) - Andrew is committed to helping others, giving back to those less fortunate and inspiring his peers to become responsible, engaged members of a global society. His exceptional leadership skills earned Andrew a position as his school’s first student trustee on the Edmonton Public School Board Student Senate where he worked on student advocacy projects on behalf of Board of Trustees. Andrew was also elected to serve as a chairman for the Student Senate leading district initiatives in the area of Mental Health and Diversity. A gifted orator, Andrew played a major role on the school’s Speech and Debate Executive Council. His success in debates at local, provincial, and national events gave him new insights and a broad range of experience that he was able to share with his peers and trainees. Andrew organized and led Leadership Learning Days for his fellow students, which provided them with the opportunity to realize and practice their own leadership abilities. Diverse in his pursuits, Andrew also supports the Paralympic Sports Association as a swim instructor working one‑on‑one with children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.

Andrew currently serves as the President and founder of Youreka Edmonton, the local branch of a non-profit organization that works to make biomedical research more accessible to high-school students. He continues to volunteer and plans on pursing a dual degree to combine his passions in science and business.

Hope Roberts (Alberta High School of Fine Arts, Turner Valley) - Hope is an inspirational, hard-working leader and a positive role model to other students. She spends hours of her spare time making school life better for the student body. Hope has organized a number of activities for students and the community over the years including Terry Fox Runs, the Humboldt Broncos Fundraiser, We Scare Hunger Halloween Food Drives, school Pride Days, Fort McMurray Fundraiser, and the Sosua Kids of the Dominican Republic fundraiser to name a few. Hope is also a key member of the Sheldon Kennedy Youth Advocacy Committee, which advocates for wellness in the community. Through this committee, Hope was instrumental in organizing events such as Mental Health Week and the Mental Health Awareness Fair. An accomplished bag piper, she has volunteered countless hours at numerous schools and community events, including the Remembrance Day and Birth of a Nation Day ceremonies.

Hope is currently pursuing a Civil Engineering Degree at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. She is a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM professions and serves as an active volunteer at her university and in the community.

Tim Zekai Wu (Sir Winston Churchill High School, Calgary) - Tim’s academic and scientific achievements go way beyond the scope of even the upper echelon of the International Baccalaureate students. He has a desire to push his learning beyond the classroom, and make significant advancements for the good of the world. Some of Tim’s most prominent achievements include: a prestigious Top 4 Youth Can Innovate Award and Silver at the Canada‑Wide Science Fair where he developed and patented a novel UV absorber for use with solar cells. Tim was awarded the Best Delegate at the Secondary Schools United Nations Symposium, and placed in the Top 20 at the Harvard World Schools Invitational Debate tournament. Tim also co-founded the non‑profit organization, OmniScientific, with a goal to increase accessibility of research at the professional level to high school students. At the community level, Tim devotes his time to the Red Dance Shoes Cultural Association, working on promoting Chinese culture and establishing a distinct sense of cultural identity.

Tim is attending Stanford University, majoring in Bioengineering and Management Science. His interests currently lie at the nexus of research and entrepreneurship, specifically in transformative healthcare in tissue engineering and precision medicine.

2018 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Performing Arts Scholarship Recipient

Gabrielle Couillard-Després - Canadian-born violinist Gabrielle Despres has won numerous local, provincial, and national competitions, including prizes in the nationals of the Canadian Music Competition in both violin and piano. In 2017, she was a top prizewinner in the national Shean Strings Competition. In 2018, she performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton and as an invited soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in their “Robbins Lighter Classics” and “Robbins Pops” concerts.

Gabrielle began violin studies at the age of 3 and studied with James Keene for nine years. She was a student of Robert Uchida since 2016, and began studying at The Juilliard School for her Bachelor of Music degree. Gabrielle has had the opportunity to play for many renowned musicians, including Midori, Ida Kavafian, Mihaela Martin, Daniel Phillips, Stephanie Chase, Andrew Wan, Jonathan Crow, and Robert Cohen. Her summer studies have included the Orford Summer Music Academy, the Morningside Music Bridge program in Calgary and Boston, and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy.

Gabrielle has just completed her first year at the Juilliard School, She is looking forward to a career in solo, chamber, and orchestral performance, while also teaching music. She is unable to attend the medal presentation ceremony as she is participating in the Aspen Summer Music Festival.